Faux Stained Glass from a Coloring Book

As I mentioned in my Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show wrap-up post, I attended the Blogger Networking Event hosted by Prime Publishing and FaveCrafts. This event brings together craft bloggers and the manufacturers who want to work with craft bloggers. This year's companies included:

Some of the manufacturers had products with them to give to us as we visited their table. Such was the case with Leisure Arts. They are right on trend with the current coloring book craze! They had samples of their various coloring books for us to take. My favorite was this one, Art of Coloring Animals.

I like coloring books and always have. While I think it's great that coloring books are so popular right now, particularly for adults, one of the problems with everyone jumping on the bandwagon is that many aren't doing it correctly. Some of the biggest sins I see over and over as I thumb through coloring books? Cheap papers that bleed through to the next page, back-to-back printing, and pages that can't be easily removed. Ugh. Fortunately, Leisure Arts is doing it right. The pages in the coloring books are thick and printed on only a single side. They are perforated to make it easy to remove the page. For my first project from the book, I decided to do something I haven't done since elementary school.


Faux Stained Glass

Materials: coloring page, something to color with, newspaper or newsprint, a cotton ball or cotton pad, vegetable oil, and tape.

Start by coloring your design. I chose butterflies and colored them in with my Prismacolor markers. I left the background blank.

My design had three butterflies. I chose to cut them apart to make three smaller projects rather than one large one. 

Turn your design upside down on the newsprint. Moisten the cotton with the oil (moist, not dripping). Rub the backside of the design. You'll see the colors pop and the black lines begin to show through. Continue until the whole paper has been rubbed with oil. Turn it right-side up on a clean spot on the newsprint to allow any excess oil to be absorbed. 

Tape the design to a window and enjoy! When the sun shines through, it looks just like stained glass.

What do you think? If you're into the coloring book craze, give it a try! Click the image below to browse through all the coloring books that Leisure Arts has to offer. This is an affiliate link; I will receive a small portion of any sales made through this link. 

Adult Coloring Book - Small


  1. What a cool idea. I have never heard of this. I will give it a try. Thanks.

  2. I, too, haven't heard of doing this.

    I received the Leisure Arts book, "Floral Wonders" for Christmas. I love that they offer tips inside their books, too. I was looking through their other books and I know my boys would love "Pixel Power."

  3. I hadn't seen the 'Pixel Power' one! It's awesome!

  4. Ohhhhhhhh this looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Looks fabulous!
    I think the ability to use the coloured pages for another project is great!

  6. I think this is an awesome idea! I love the finished project.

  7. would baby oil work the same way?

    1. I've never tried baby oil, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. Let us know if you try it!

    2. I'm going to try this with my grandsons. Good idea!

    3. I would actually think baby oil would be better long term.

  8. I'm going to try a version of decoupaging - will ModPodge a pic to glass then, after it's dry, try scrubbing the back off carefully....


  10. Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

  11. Thanks Cindy. I remember doing that back in grade school (many, many years ago). I had forgotten all about it. My grandkids will love it!


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